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Wasden: No criminal charges will be filed in Yantis shooting

Posted at 9:16 AM, Jul 29, 2016

UPDATE: 2:36 MST  Adams County Sheriff Ryan Zollman releases a statement.

"As you know, as soon as this incident occurred on November 1, 2015, I turned the investigation over to the Idaho State Police, and its investigation was turned over to the Idaho Attorney General’s Office to review and to decide if criminal charges were warranted. My office has cooperated fully in the investigation to the extent requested by the state.
 
Attorney General Wasden has now made his decision and I would like to comment, but because the Yantis family has hired legal counsel and filed a tort claim against the county, I have been advised by the County’s legal counsel that I should not comment, but rather let the tort claim process run its course. I will respond at an appropriate time in the future. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Yantis family as well as the deputies and their families, who have all been affected by this tragedy."
 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has completed his review of the officer-involved shooting in Adams County and determined that no criminal charges will be filed against two sheriff deputies under investigation.

 

READ THE AG's FINDINGS HERE

The review focused on the death of Jack Yantis, 62, of Council, who was fatally shot during a November 1, 2015 encounter with Adams County Sheriff Deputies Cody Roland and Brian Wood.

After reviewing more than 5,000 pages of reports, lab results, witness statements and other materials, Wasden said the evidence is insufficient to support a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt of the two deputies. Wasden said his decision is limited to the very narrow focus of a criminal prosecution.

READ THE INVESTIGATORS NOTES INCLUDING RECREATION OF THE SCENE

“There is no other way to describe what happened that day as anything but tragic and unfortunate for the Yantis family and the entire community,” Wasden said. “It is my hope that in the weeks and months ahead, the community can heal and rebuild trust.”

In conjunction with this announcement, Wasden is making public the investigative file compiled by the Idaho State Police and prosecutors in the Attorney General’s Criminal Division.

The Yantis family spoke with 6 On Your Side earlier this year about the dealy shooting, and this week filed a wrongful death suit against the Adams County Sheriff's Department.

Wasden is also making public the decision letter sent Friday to the Adams County Prosecutor and attorneys for the Yantis family. The public can view the letter and investigative file by visiting the Attorney General’s website at: www.ag.idaho.gov/adamsCountyShooting